$3 billion spent on Qld's recovery
QUEENSLAND'S reconstruction program since the devastating January floods has surged past $3 billion, Premier Anna Bligh said today.
"Across Queensland almost $700 million worth of projects are completed, a massive $1.363 billion in projects are underway or out to tender and a further $1.286 billion are being prepared for market.
"From the greatest set of natural disasters in our state's history has come the biggest reconstruction program - there are works underway from the Cape to the Coast," Ms Bligh said.
"These dollars means jobs - the reconstruction of State and local government roads and assets through to 2013-14 will support more than 15 000 jobs around the State.
"The Queensland Reconstruction Authority is monitoring the reconstruction program region by region to ensure Queenslanders are getting maximum return for their reconstruction dollars."
Ms Bligh said the five regional breakdowns are:
- Southern Queensland - $914.2 million
- South East Queensland - $569.7 million
- Central Queensland - $994.9 million
- North Queensland - $436.6 million
- Far North Queensland - $115 million
As we approach the anniversary of Queensland's devastating 2010-11 Summer of natural disasters, Queenslanders can take heart in the way our state agencies, such as Main Roads and local councils have rolled up the sleeves and got on with the job of rebuilding.
"The amount of infrastructure repairs and roadwork underway in Queensland is unprecedented, so I urge motorists to be patient and to drive safely - especially as the school holiday season approaches."
Queensland Reconstruction Authority Chair Major General Richard Wilson said the cooperation of state and local agencies involved in reconstruction projects had been overwhelmingly positive.
"Travelling throughout the State and seeing council and Main Roads crews busy on the job is the best demonstration the reconstruction effort is progressing well," General Wilson said.
"That's because of close collaboration between councils, State agencies such as Main Roads and the Authority.
"The Authority will continue to work closely with councils to ensure taxpayers are getting the best value for money through the reconstruction program.
"It's our job to ensure reconstruction dollars are spent wisely and spent well."
Further information about reconstruction activity can be seen at the Queensland Reconstruction Authority's 'project pipeline and photo gallery map' at www.qldreconstruction.org.au/maps.